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insurance plans pay under part d of medicare for prescription drugs. they are taking advantage of their purchasing power. and we're relying on private insurers committee are' competition in part d of medicare, it isn't as effective as the v.a. which does take advantage of its market power. let me just talk for a moment on a private insurance. we rely on private insurance here. it's for-profit insurance. i think it leads to much higher health care costs. private insurers, obviously by definition, they have to make a profit. in addition to that they engage in marketing, they also engage in what we call medical understood writing, they have to hire a lot of actuaries to make sure that they're not taking on people who are too expensive. these are all very costly things. so that raises the price of private insurance. in addition, as i said, they don't have as much bargaining power so they also can't keep their prices low by taking advantage of the consolidated power that i'm talking about. so you might ask, why do we allow private insurance to have quasi-monopoly and the answer is t
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: if you're over 65, have diabetes and are on medicare... vo: ...call now and we'll send you a free meter. vo: it offers alternate site testing, so you can test on your arm. no more pricking your fingers. vo: and to make it even less painful, the cost of your diabetes testing supplies may be covered by medicare. vo: join over a million others who have chosen liberty medical. vo: call now and receive a free accu-chek aviva meter. vo: plus, for a limited time, get a free cookbook when you join. end tag vo: call the number on your screen. >>> this is my first "insomniac theater." it's good to be here. >> that's why it made it easier to make you see the chick flick. because you didn't know any better. you saw the wrong one. i saw the edgy movie people are talking about, "youth in revolt." with a guy we all know so well right now, michael cera. let me set up the vie for you. 's basically adapted from a series of favorite cult books. the idea behind it is cera is a 16-year-old virgin who falls head over heels for a nonvirgin. she's encouraging him to be bad and do daring things. he decides he's
but clearly with a body in medicare 55 and older you're going to pick up two or 3 million more. now you've got the program operated by opm. you will have a body in there of probably 7 million people. there's a provision most haven't focused on which is the state can set up a separate program for people, government-run, between 133% of poverty and 300% of poverty. i know a number of states will essentially do that and then finally, in all probability the exchanges are going to be run by states. so as the system comes forward you've got a bigger medicare and bigger medicaid that fixed rates, other components which are going to have negotiating rates. the bad news it's going to take four or five years to get this up and operating so i'm not sure there's going to be a lot of changes. but we have to start thinking how we bring this together. it may well be medicare and medicaid are dictating rates for the other groups that in fact negotiate. >> if we take that is the presumption we are going to see something, bill, i would like you to respond to what we are talking about here. but there's also the
a grant funded by the national institute on aging to examine the -- examined the impact of medicare part de on medicare -- on nursing home residents. she also has a steady among cancer patients. that funding is provided by the national cancer institute and the department of veteran affairs. we're happy to have her here to speak about her article. we also have david stevenson whose recent work has focused on a range of topics in that sector, including long-term care financing options, the rising use of hospice care, and so on. we are delighted to have him speaking on the and assisted care -- on the assisted care piece. mary jane koren manages the commonwealth fund at the harvard program. she is an internist. she was vice president of the leslie samuels foundation in new york city prior to joining commonwealth. she began her career in geriatrics where she started a fellowship program and was the assistant medical director for the home health care agency. she has had plenty of experience in the real world. she is had plenty of experience in the real world delivery of these services. let's w
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the cbo they would raise hundreds of billons in revenue and out cut some 500 billion from medicare over 10 years, cbo said that course of action would reduce the deficit by $132 billion. >> there is a number of things that make that highly i am plausible. dubious really. >> such as covering the uninsured by expanding medicaid. shifting some costs to cash strapped states, or double counting savings in medicare by saying they would extend the life of the program, but also spending the money elsewhere. >>you literally cannot spend the dollar twice, congressman's dream but it won't work. >> then there is the doctor fix in medicare. a move to undue previous efforts to reduce spending. under law the doctor that treat the elderly would face a 21 percent cut in fees this year and every year after that. lawmakers fear that would reduce senior's access to doctors, which they are determined to fix but could not pay for. so they simply where he moved it from the reform bill. >> biggest hole in the financing is the fact that they have left out the doctor fix. >> if that was counted it shifts from reduc
mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. >>> six more weeks of winter, we wish. this cold isn't going to snap anytime soon is, it, chad. >> not really kyra, although we have an issue next week that could bring an ice storm to parts of the southeast, but also a warmup to other parts. it all depends on where the low pressure system is. if there's a low right here, you've got a cold front and this is the side where the cold air is over here. there's also another warm front that we begins to warm things up
that doctors treating medicare patients knew what they'd be getting years out so that medicare would have a stability that it needs. i yield back. mr. cantor: i thank the gentleman, madam speaker. and i would say again, somehow in the gentleman's memory of these past years there is something that's left out and that is the -- this body and congress. because during the clinton years, the clinton years that saw prosperity, there was a republican control of congress. and they yielded tax policies that we believe could once again get us back on track. in the same way all the job losses that the gentleman continues to recite and point fingers and blame on the prior administration, if we're going to play that game, i would say that since his party has taken control of this body we've lost in this country 6.1 million jobs. as he says, none of the job losses are acceptable. there are many ways to look at these figures and who was responsible for what and could claim credit for such. but at the end of the day what we're facing right now is a situation where the american people and the small busine
to pay for its medicare expansion and my state didn't? james q. wilson also wrote in his essay that respect for the law of unintended consequences is -- quote -- "not an argument for doing nothing but it is one," mr. wilson said," for doing things experimentally. try your idea out in one place and see what happens before you inflict it on the whole country," he suggests. well, if you'll examine the "congressional record," you'll find that republican senators have been following mr. wilson's advice, proposing a step-by-step approach to confronting our nation's challenging -- challenges 173 different times during 2009. may i say that again. republican senators during 2009 173 different times on the floor of the senate have proposed a step-by-step approach toward health care and other of our nation's challenges. on health care, for example, we first suggested setting a clear goal. that is, reducing costs. then we proposed the first six steps toward achieving that goal. number one, allowing small businesses to pool their resources to purchase health plans. number two, reducing junk
- term liabilities is medicare, medicaid, and health care spending. nothing comes close. social security would probably fix the same way to and ronald reagan sat down together and could figure something out. that is manageable. medicare and medicaid are a massive problem down the road. that is going to be what our children have to worry about. paul's approach, i want to be careful to not simplify this because i know you have a lot of detail in your plan, but i understand it to say that we will provide doctors of some sort for current medicare recipients at the current level. 55 and over. there is a grandfathering in for future beneficiaries. i just want to point out that i have read it. the basic idea is that at some point, we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not go way out of black. i am sure there are some details -- we hold medicare costs per recipient constant as a way of making sure that it does not have things going out of wahack. it has to be reformed for the younger generations because it is going bankrupt. why not give people the sa
% rate increase? senior citizens in my district on average saw a 45% increase in their medicare advantage plans. 45% one year increase. that's simply unsustainable and the government certainly is never going to balance its budget without addressing the cost of health care. the gentleman from ohio. mr. ryan: i'd like to say that this happened. we didn't end up here, you know, a couple of octobers ago and all of a sudden things were just -- happened. our government was controlled by a conservative, neoconservative ideology for most of the first decade in this country. or of this century. from 2000 to 2008 they controlled the white house and from 2000 to 2006 they controlled the congress. implemented their economic philosophy. hook, line and sinker. it got implemented, they controlled all the levers of government, passed their supply side economics, cut taxes for the wealthiest, that will stimulate the economy and, you know, everything will take care of itself, deregulate wall street, everyone will be honest with each other, no one would possibly do anything wrong if we just weren't watching
to resolve their differences between the house and the senate version of the medicare reform legislation that provided prescription drug benefits for medicare recipients. a very important piece of legislation, one that was not without some controversy, the house passed a version, the senate passed a version, and then in the light of day these two versions were negotiated on these days, the american people got to see the discussions that went on and got to see this bill being crafted that eventually became law. if the democrats weren't engaging in these backroom deal making deals, i don't think they'd mind the lights being turned on but the problem is they're cutting deals and the reason they're having to cut deals is because they're trying to pats a -- pass a piece of legislation that the american people don't embrace. many of us agree that health care needs to be reformed. and my colleagues on my side of the aisle, republicans and conservatives, have been offering some commonsense ideas that could reform the current system without turning over the health care to the government, without
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. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. patti ann: drunk in the cockpit? almost. a united airlines pilot pulled from london to chicago flight in november pleaded guilty in a british court to charges that he was above the legal but a call limit for flying a plane. fifty-one year old washington will be sentenced next month. remove from the flight
programs. the fastest growing parts won't be cut, including medicare, medicaid, social security, national security and veterans programs. listen to both sides' take on the freeze. >> the president will outline steps tomorrow, including freezing nonsecurity discretionary spending, spending that's almost doubled. >> the spending freeze is on an 84% increase he signed into law. the freeze is delayed one year so it's not fiscal discipline. >> according to the white house the freeze would save $250 billion over the decade. >> thank you very much. another busy week for president obama. tomorrow as caroline said he'll outline his budget for 2010 and attend a meeting for the olympics. tuesday he goes to new hampshire and wednesday meets with a bipartisan group of governors to discuss energy policy. thursday he'll will he liver re-- deliver remarks at the national prayer breakfast. >> president obama called jobs the number one focus for this year. later on he urged lawmakers to keep on trying for an agreement on healthcare. but is there bipartisan on either issue? is it really possible? >> what th
, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done. let's get it done. now, even as health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve, and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by the time i took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and an expensive prescription drug program. on top of that, the effects of the recession put a $3 trill
setting these sort of silos that have been created certainly with medicare and medicaid. and that end up resulting in poor quality of care in many ways for patients. that's one of the reasons why we wanted to, you know, advocate for a bundled pavement and there's lots of talk these days of bundling of payments and there's some real advantages to doing that in terms of, you know, creating more flexibility for meeting residents needs in this case so if you could -- you could bundle post-acute payments and payments for long-term supportive services and end-of-life care payments we think that would go a long way in terms of giving more flexibility to facilities and meeting needs. >> david? >> no, i'd just second what haiden said in terms of rationalizing benefit needs whether it's post-acute and chronic care in the nursing home to, you know, end-of-life care separating them out in different benefits. what we propose intagrating them in bundled care. >> let's take a question right over here, please >> gary, now with attas research. it's really a comment on this last report. which i have to sa
for this commission is too broad. we can't reform social security or medicare or the tax system or the health care system just one of those things can take years for congress to address. and now we're saying to this commission, hey, let's just do it all at once. and it's not that they're going to form each and every system, but they're going to come up with some painful spending cuts and tax increases that i guarantee you, everybody in congress will dislike. the republicans will dislike the tax hikes and the democrats will dislike the spending cuts. and the supporters of this commission say, and that's its point. because if you just let the regular order of congress take place, we're just going to have partisan food fights all day long, because that's what we have been having. so that's the supporters' biggest argument for this. and they say, look, we're on a time crunch here. you know, the financial crisis has really accelerated our need to deal with this long-term fiscal shortfall. >> well, jean, if you would, stay on this for us. because i at this this is really important work, and whether or n
to realize that perhaps digging in on things like the public option, on expanding medicare, on closing the doughnut hole maybe is a better strategy for winning over that 60th vote, but unless we win over the country on this debate, we can't do any big thing like this without muscular clear leadership on -- outside the beltway which we just haven't had. >> what are you going to do different? you tried to pass the bill in the senate. you couldn't get more than 60 senators. now you've got 59. what can you do different going ahead that you didn't do before? what's the change? i don't get the change here you're proposing. >> i think here's the difference. we've been obsessing recently, what is olympia snowe going to do and joe likeman and ben nelson? >> but you don't know. >> what i'm saying, trying to get to 60, we lost sight of that's not the way americans look at this challenge. they want improved health care with lower costs and things like that. i think that the president of the united states at his state of the union address should do for health care what he did today is say, look, we
senator ben nelson? apparently he is asking for money for his state that would be used for medicare and he's asking not to take it anymore? guest: this was done essentially to get senator nelson's vote. it was to expand federal funding for medicare in nebraska. some said great, but what about our state? senator nelson took a lot of heat for this. he's a conservative leaning democrat in a strongly republican state. he's gone around the state and done all kinds of ads to explain his position, and finally he said to senator reed, let's take this off the table. he said let's give it to all states or take it out entirely. host: wlats going on in massachusetts -- with what's going on in massachusetts, how long until he could be sworn into the senate? guest: this is a matter of contention. you haveçó democratic-leaning officials in massachusetts saying it may take two weeks to officially process the win. thers÷ tradition in the senate it is not disputed, you get that person in there as quickly as possible. i can bet republicans would be crying foul if democrats tried to string this out and lea
.m., and join cnn when the polls close. the entire time is on that story. medicare. it doesn't cover everything. >>> well, a bit of relief in quake-ravaged haiti. survivors jammed the fence of the presidential palace and cheer as scores of u.s. paratroopers land on the palace grounds. some haitians welcomed the troops, hoping they'll stem outbreaks of looting and violence. others say what's needed is not more troops but more food and water and medical supplies. relief supplies may be slow in coming, but they are on their way, and air force cargo planes dropped about 55,000 pounds of food and bottled water into haiti yesterday. a lot of you may be wondering just where the aid is going. four food distribution points have been set up by the u.n. world food program in port-au-prince. you can see those locations on the map. the u.n. says all four should be up and running in the coming days. >>> now, folks trying to help out in haiti have hit all kinds of roadblocks. some literal, some avoidable, some not. former ambassador to haiti, william jones, he's a former u.s. ambassador to haiti, williams jon
in afghanistan at large? answers, next. who need assistance getting around their homes. there is a medicare benefit that may qualify you for a new power chair or scooter at little or no cost to you. imagine... one scooter or power chair that could improve your mobility and your life. one medicare benefit that, with private insurance, may entitle you to pay little to nothing to own it. one company that can make it all happen ... your power chair will be paid in full. the scooter store. hi i'm doug harrison. we're experts at getting you the power chair or scooter you need. in fact, if we qualify you for medicare reimbursement and medicare denies your claim, we'll give you your new power chair or scooter free. i didn't pay a penny out of pocket for my power chair. with help from the scooter store, medicare and my insurance covered it all. call the scooter store for free information today. patti ann: this is a "fox news alert," new video into "america's newsroom" from a taliban attack in the afghan capital. watch what came they've salts from an overseas news agency. >> taking positions on rooft
've dealt with medicare patients for my entire practice, when you take $500 billion out of a plan that's already underfunded and goes upside down in premiums in about 2017 and beginning next year, the baby boomers hit, three million to three and a half million every year, you take half a trillion dollars out and add 30 million to 35 million people, three things happen. you have decreased access, two, you're not going to be able to get in to see the doctor, two, you have decreased quality and three, seniors get this their costs are going to get up to get the needed care they need. mr. akin: doctor, you are so eloquent and said it so smoothly, i think you we need to underline what you said. what you're saying is we're going to take $500 billion out of medicare. is this a republican that's going to raid medicare? mr. roe: no, sir. mr. akin: we've been accused of raiding medicare. but it's not us. mr. roe: no, sir, unless you're in florida, of course. mr. akin: if you take $500 billion out of medicare, it's going to be harder to provide services for people. you're not doing just that, you'
take effect in october, and leave untouched programs like medicare and social security, and national defense. white house spokesman robert gibbs said the cuts would be strategic. >> the president will cut programs that are duplicative or serve what he believes is no important purpose, and instead invest in, as families do, investments for the future. >> woodruff: the proposal would freeze $477 billion out of the $3.5 trillion budget, or about 17% of federal spending. it's designed to save $250 billion over the coming decade. republican leader mitch mcconnell criticized the idea as too small. >> freezing non-defense domestic discretionary spending would be a good idea. however, if you put into the baseline the stimulus, tarp, and you account for inflation, it's not nearly as big a step as the american people are asking us to take. >> woodruff: the president is expected to address the deficit, among other economic issues, including unemployment, in his state of the union message tomorrow night. in an interview with abc news' diane sawyer, mr. obama acknowledged some choices he will mak
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counting savings in medicare. >> you literally cannot spend the same dollar twice. congressman's dream, but it won't work. >> another part of health care reform is so costly lawmakers made it a separate measure. so it would not inflate the cost of the health care bill. >> meantime, state lawmaker pat mcdonogh is trying to storm health care reform in a court of law. written a letter to gansler, and asking him to join a lawsuit against the plan. mcdonogh said the bill forces everyone to get insurance, and gives some states preferential treatment. >> the top law enforcement officer of every state in the nation should be on this case. to ignore it is to say, i don't care about the people. i don't care about the constitution. i don't care about the rights of the citizen. i don't care about doing my job. >> pat mcdonogh may introduce a bill in annapolis, if the lawsuit does not work. >> would you vote to keep or replace members of u.s. congress. so far 7 percent want to keep the members of congress. 93 percent want to replace them. and angelia responds on facebook. saying i think a lot of co
monstrosity that took a half billion out of medicare, raised taxes a half billion dollars and raised insurance premiums for everybody is dead. we need to start over as we've been advocating for sometime and go step-by-step and fix the problem. which is cost. >> greta: that's what you want to do. is that going to happen? you think the democratic members of the senate are still going to proceed with the existing bill minus adjustments? >> as long as they try to restructure 1/6 of the economy cutting medicare, raising taxes and premiums i don't think it is going anywhere. leadership marks them out, right off the cliff politically trying to get them to pass a bill the people hated. i don't think they are going to have a stomach for that one more time. >> greta: do you think with the election of senator electric brown, have you seen any sort of changes one the democratic senators here or too early to tell? >> i think the attitude is they would like for this issue to go away for a while democratic senators many would like for this issue to go away for a while. >> greta: how about harry reid? >> i th
, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. >> the republican response was that the newly elected governor of virginia, bob mcdonald who said the government simply tried to do too much. he says americans want affordable health care but don't want uncle sam running it. he voiced concern about overall spending in washington. >> the amount of debt is on pace to double in five years and triple in 10. the federal debt is now over $100,000 per household. this is simply unsustainable. the president's partial phrase announced tonight on discretionary spending is a small one. the circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper limited role of government at every level. >> on social issues, the president said he would work with the military to end don't ask don't tell for gays this year. the republican senator john corning calls that "social engineering." back to you guys in new york. >> as you look at that shot right now -- >> of molly? >> as you look at the shot of the president of the
of medicare and capped out of pocket expenses. there is a range of things that will become law. when the president signs this bill, not in four years, but immediately. if we don't pass it, it will live as a negative caricature in people's minds. terrible mistake. >> here's my advice. it's worth what i give you. it's free and maybe it's worth that. it seems to me this administration is perceived to be activists when it comes to government. progressive, if you will. it believes in positive government. the only question will be the same in november. the voters know about your administration. do you believe about getting things done for the country? the only question is open to the voters. not whether you are progressive or not, but whether you are successful or not. you might as well go for it. you might as well. great to have you on. >> thank you. >> thank you for coming on "hardball." does scott brown's victory mean health care reform is dead or can the democrats keep it alive? let's talk about it with the go former governor of vermont, howard dean that started this years ago. you are
spending, medicare and social security are not affected by the freeze. >>> the man accused of killing four members of his family on thanksgiving day will ab rained in a florida court. prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. >>> and tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights sit-in. four african-american college students demanded service at a segregated lunch counter in greensboro, north carolina. that store with the lunch counter still in place opens tomorrow as the centerpiece of the international civil rights center and museum. >>> michael jackson's children will step into the spotlight sat the grammy awards tonight. the pop star's two eldest kids prince michael and paris will appear on stage during a tribute to their father. it will be their first public appearance since their father's memorial last summer. grammy organizers say they are going all out to honor jackson. >> it's going to be wonderful. i just came from the rehearsal for it. it is absolutely amazing and totally befitting what the grammys does. i think we do it better than anybody else. this is something g
the uninsured by funding medicare and shifting costs to already cash-strapped states or counting savings in medicare by say saying they would extend the life of the program but spending money elsewhere. >> you can't spin the same dollar twice. it's congressman's dream but it won't work. >> and there's the doctor fix in medicare. a move to undo one of congress's previous efforts to reduce medicare spending. doctors who help the elderly would face a 21% costs in fees this year and every year after that. that has been removed from the reform bill. >> the biggest hole in the financing is the fact that they have left out the doc fix. >> if that were counted the bill shifts it from reducing the deficit to making it worst because the doc fix would cost some $210 billion. congress still has to fix it anyway so the house pass it had separately but simply added the cost to the deficit, which troubles democratic interests. >> the question is how will that be financed or will it be financed? i think that's on open question. >> the cuts to doctors and earlier attempt to cut medicare spending never to
movement, social security, medicare, the minimum wage, the 40-hour week, the civil-rights act, the voting rights act -- that is what made the united states a beacon of hope in a confused and divided world. but to many people now take for granted government rolls as protector of wall street and the privilege. they see middle-class americans as overpaid and underworked. as the social security as a problem -- they see social security as a problem rather than the only piece of our retirement system that actually work. they feel sorry for homeless people but fail to see the connection between downsizing and outsourcing in inequality and homelessness. the republicans offered the middle class the false hope of tax cuts. the end up in reaching the rich, devastating the middle-class by destroying institutions like public education and social security that make the middle class possible. are you try to tell me something? >> yes, we are now in your question and answer period. [laughter] >> we're going to start with a question and answer period. >> i can wrap up and a couple of minutes but not 30 sec
. with that let me commend our medicare person once again. i -- commend our chairperson once again. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. lee: thank you, madam speaker. let me thank all of the members today for coming down to the floor in support of this resolution. but more importantly in support of the people of haiti. i end by calling on awful my colleagues to join me in -- i end by calling on all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this resolution, our sustained commitment to the people of haiti in the wake of this ongoing tragedy. as we move forward, let us not waiver in saying to the people of haiti, your resilience, your dignity, your courage, even during your darkest hours continues to inspire us. and during your darkest hours, the united states and the american people will not abandon you as you continue to struggle for a fwriter tomorrow. i urge -- for a brighter tomorrow. i urge my colleagues to support the resolution and i yield the balance of my time. th
. we do not need what is being pushed in washington on massachusetts, spending $500 million on medicare? we know we need to reform and that is something we're going to be doing very shortly. to think that we need of one size fits all plan from congress, coming down here and hurting what we have? that is one of the differences between martha coakley and i. at a time when we just do not needed. i would propose going and allowing states to do this individually with the government incentivizing it. we can export what we have done and show them how to do it. i am looking forward to be the party -- the 41st vote and get that plan back to the drawing board. >> thank you for hosting us here this evening. i would be proud to be the 60th vote to make sure that we need health care reform that was so badly need. we have taken the lead here in massachusetts, and now we are attacking the cost to provide competition and transparency to bring the costs down. we spent $2.60 trillion on health care in this country. we do not get our money. we do not have transparent terry -- transparency in competition.
in washington on massachusetts. cutting half a trillion dollars from medicare you're going to look at longer lines, lesser coverage. we know we need to reform pricing as a member going to be doing very shortly. but do you think were going to have a one-size-fits-all plan in congress is going to come down here in massachusetts and hurt what we have here at that's one of the differences between martha coakley and i peered were talking about a trillion dollar health care plan, have a trillion dollars of medicare cuts at a time when we just don't need it. i would propose actually going and allowing the state to do it individually with a government incentive i senate. very similar to what he did here. we can actually export out and show them how to do it. i'm looking for to having the opportunity to be the 41st about and make sure that we get that plan back to the drawing board. >> ms. coakley? >> thank you, david. thanks for hosting us this evening. how would be proud to be the 60th vote to make sure we get health care reform that we so badly need. we've taken a major massachusetts and getting e
including pentagon spending, medicare and social security are not affected by the freeze. >>> the man accused of killing four members of his family on thanksgiving day will be arraigned in a federal court. tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first civil rights sit-in. four african-american college students demanded service at a segregated lunch counter in greensboro, north carolina. that store with the launch counter still in place opens tomorrow as the centerpiece of the international civil rights center and museum. >>> getting around the sunshine state could soon be easier and faster. florida is getting more than $1 billion in stimulus money to build a high-speed rail system. president obama made that announcement to a cheering crowd at the university of tampa this week. the first phase will link downtown tampa to the orlando airport. it's expected to be finished within 4 1/2 years. eventually, the line is expected to be extended to miami. >>> a bald eagle named harley is back in the wild and flying free. >> it is rewarding today to watch him fly off. did you see that? that was
to freeze government spending for three years. spending related to our national security, medicare, medicaid, and social security will not be affected. but all other discretionary government programs will. like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't, and if i have to enforce this discipline by veto, i will. martha: as we have told you and has been much discussed, there's always been a lot of sniping about what would actually be included in that spending freeze and how much of a difference it would make. house speaker nancy pelosi in a very controversial move not long before the speech last night said she thinks that defense spending should be part of that spending freeze. congressman adam smith is on the house armed services committee and he joins us now. congressman, welcome, good to have you here this morning. >> thank you for having me, i appreciate it. martha: what did you think about the fact that the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, came out before the president spoke last night and said why not include defense sp
down premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen medicare for seniors and stop insurance company abuses, let me know. let me know. i'm eager to see it. here's what i ask congress, though. don't walk away from reform. not now. not when we are so close. let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the american people. let's get it done. let's get it done. now, even if health care reform would reduce our deficit, it's not enough to dig us out of a massive fiscal hole in which we find ourselves. it's a challenge that makes all others that much harder to solve and one that's been subject to a lot of political posturing. so let me start the discussion of government spending by setting the record straight. at the beginning of the last decade the year 2000 america had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. by the time i took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade. most of this was the result of not paying for two wars, two tax cuts, and a
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